Summer is fast approaching and with it plenty of fun. Changes to your school-year routine can be a welcome change of pace, but it’s important that one routine stays consistent – your dental hygiene. Here are a few ways to have plenty of summer fun while keeping your oral health in top shape:
Camps, Vacations, and Sleepovers
Overnight trips can be an exciting change of scenery for kids, but it’s important to keep up your usual morning and night dental care routines!
Remind children before they leave for a sleepover to brush before bedtime and after breakfast!
Be sure that toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss are packed before leaving for vacation.
Having a new character toothbrush or a fun travel-size toothpaste saved specifically for overnight trips is a great way to get children excited about brushing away from home.
Outdoor Activities and Summer Sports
Summer is made for spending time in the great outdoors, and no matter your family’s activity of choice, it’s important to put safety first!
Bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates should be accompanied by a well-fitting helmet.
A mouth guard is a great way to prevent dental injuries during contact sports.
In case of any dental injuries, call Tooth & Co right away!
Sunscreen and plenty of water should be available at all times while playing in the sun!
Sips, Snacks, and Sweets
From Fourth of July parties to the neighborhood ice cream truck, summer can be full of opportunities for sugary snacks and drinks.
Bringing tooth-friendly options (like fresh fruit, cheese sticks, or veggies and dip) to your summer get-togethers can ensure there’s always something healthy to choose!
A less-structured day may increase your child’s requests for snacks, but it’s important to maintain a regular meal schedule with only a few snacks in between.
Snacking often between meals means teeth are repeatedly exposed to food. If food is left for a long time, your child may be at higher risk for decay.
Snacks high in protein like nuts, hummus, or Greek yogurt (watch for added sugars!) can help keep your family full between meals.
Hydration during the summer months is of utmost importance, but what your child sips on is as important as how often.
Water is the ideal choice for hydration! Juice and sports drinks are best left for special occasions.
Have a healthy, happy summer!
- Dr. Ellie & the Tooth & Co Team